Women’s March on Washington more than double predicted size — more than showed for inauguration

Support demonstration in BerlinAP/Michael Sohn

9:40AM EST

A city official in Washington says the turnout estimate for the Women’s March on the National Mall now stands at 500,000 people. That’s more than double the initial predictions.

Kevin Donahue is Washington’s deputy mayor for public safety and justice. He says on Twitter that organizers of the march are increasing the turnout estimate to half a million.

There were early signs across Washington that Saturday’s crowds could top those that gathered on Friday to watch President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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4 thoughts on “Women’s March on Washington more than double predicted size — more than showed for inauguration

  1. 4theRecord says:

    “A government photographer edited official pictures of Donald Trump’s inauguration to make the crowd appear bigger following a personal intervention from the president, according to newly released documents.” (Guardian UK 9/6/18) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/06/donald-trump-inauguration-crowd-size-photos-edited “The photographer cropped out empty space “where the crowd ended” for a new set of pictures requested by Trump on the first morning of his presidency, after he was angered by images showing his audience was smaller than Barack Obama’s in 2009.
    The detail was revealed in investigative reports released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act by the inspector general of the US interior department. They shed new light on the first self-inflicted crisis of Trump’s presidency, when his White House falsely claimed he had attracted the biggest ever inauguration audience.
    The records detail a scramble within the National Park Service (NPS) on 21 January 2017 after an early-morning phone call between Trump and the acting NPS director, Michael Reynolds. They also state that Sean Spicer, then White House press secretary, called NPS officials repeatedly that day in pursuit of the more flattering photographs.
    The newly disclosed details were not included in the inspector general’s office’s final report on its inquiry into the saga, which was published in June last year and gave a different account of the NPS photographer’s actions.”
    Side by side photos taken by Reuters of the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies of Donald Trump, left, and Barack Obama (these are not the edited NPS images). https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/4e94b06347254f726536400b8f6c32d728aa5298/201_0_3108_1866/master/3108.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=e9ba288c2e5cbbf395719653f04dbe71

  2. Divide and rule says:

    “With two months to go until the Women’s March returns to the District for the third time, organizers have plenty to think about — the logistics, the issues, the implications of a historic election that put more than 120 women in office.
    Instead, they’re dealing with the fallout of a controversy that just won’t go away.
    Regional chapters, allies and some of the movement’s most visible supporters have turned their backs on the national group, saying they won’t rejoin until the four women at the helm denounce and cut ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
    Others, including Teresa Shook, a retired lawyer who launched the Women’s March two years ago with a single Facebook post, went a step further and called for the removal of national co-chairs Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour.
    Those who continue to support the Women’s March have begun to worry about what comes next. For some, the question has become: Could the Women’s March unravel before its march on Jan. 19? https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/anger-over-farrakhan-ties-prompts-calls-for-womens-march-leaders-to-resign/2018/11/21/6d925942-edb4-11e8-8679-934a2b33be52_story.html?utm_term=.f2a4a7fd978c

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